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IDEA Public Input Requested
The Department of Education has published a Federal Register notice to provide the public with the opportunity to submit comments concerning regulations and policy guidance they would recommend that the Department repeal, replace, or modify.  This includes regulations under Title 34 Code of Federal Regulations (Education), ED’s significant guidance documents (such as Dear Colleague Letters and policy letters), and the newly redesigned IDEA site.  This request is in response to President Trump’s Executive Order 13777 (February 2017), which requires an evaluation of existing regulations.  Public comment is due by August 21, 2017.  Read more here about the Executive Order and what it covers.  Submit your comments here. (August 2017)

Implementing IDEA: How’s Louisiana Doing?
The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) released its State Determination Letters for 2017. Find out if Louisiana meets requirements for implementing Parts B and C of IDEA, needs assistance, or needs intervention. (August 2017)

Louisiana Department of Education’s/Plans on ESSA
See what Louisiana is up to, what has already been proposed, and what’s next. (August 2017)

Directory of State Early Learning Contacts | June 2017
Are early learning initiatives on your priority list? Find out the many contact people for your state’s initiatives and plans for early learning programs from birth to the 3rd grade-Part C, Title 1, home visiting, and more. From Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO). (August 2017)

Check State Plans
Have a look at these analyses identifying best practices in 17 state accountability plans submitted in April and May 2017 to the U.S. Department of Education. CheckStatePlans.org provides in-depth information on how these plans advance educational opportunities in innovative ways for all students, and where some fall short. (August 2017)

Technical Changes to IDEA-Final Regulations Released
On June 30, 2017, the Department published final regulations under Parts B and C of IDEA. These final regulations make conforming changes needed to implement amendments made to IDEA by ESSA. Want to know what’s been changed? Have a look at  OSEP’s summary chart.   (August 2017)

ESSA Consolidated State Plan FAQs
ESSA provides states with flexibility in how it will implement the law. Each state must submit a consolidated state plan, which the Department then reviews; this process is underway. This FAQ (released June 16th) explains the review process, who is involved, and what the Department’s responsibilities are concerning providing states with feedback and suggestions and making determinations as to whether a state’s plan has met ESSA requirements. (August 2017)

The Department of Education has published a Federal Register notice to provide the public with the opportunity to submit comments concerning regulations and policy guidance they would recommend that the Department repeal, replace, or modify.  This includes regulations under Title 34 Code of Federal Regulations (Education), ED’s significance guidance documents (such as Dear Colleague Letters and policy letters), and the newly redesigned IDEA site.   Public comments are due by August 21, 2017. (July 2017) 

The US Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) issued this memo to reinforce the key points made in their November 12, 2014 letter that addresses whether a State Department of Education (SDE) or a Local Education Agency (LEA – School Districts) is permitted to establish procedures that further define the disability category, “visual impairment including blindness”.  The memo provides additional guidance on this important issue and shares information from outside resources related to the identification and evaluation of children suspected of having a visual impairment including blindness.  (July 2017)

Louisiana’s Achieving a Better Life Experience – The Louisiana Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Account Program allows individuals and families to save private funds to support persons with disabilities in endeavors to maintain health, independence, and quality of life. (July 2017)

IDEA/ESSA Technical Amendments Summary – This chart notes the previous regulatory language, includes the new regulatory language or notes the relevant deletion, and provides the reasoning and authority for the change. (July 2017)

The US Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) issued this memo to reinforce the key points made in their November 12, 2014 letter that addresses whether a State Department of Education (SDE) or a Local Education Agency (LEA – School Districts) is permitted to establish procedures that further define the disability category, “visual impairment including blindness”.  The memo provides additional guidance on this important issue and shares information from outside resources related to the identification and evaluation of children suspected of having a visual impairment including blindness. (June 2017)

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)  The Louisiana Elementary and Secondary Education Plan pursuant to the Federal ESSA law will be submitted to the US Department of Education for federal review on April 15, 2017.  Even though there was much opposition to this early submission, The Special Education Advisory Panel (SEAP) and The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) both voted to submit the plan in April. (May 2017)

Child Care Assistance for Summer Care    The Louisiana Department of Education has revised their Child Care Assistance Program Summer Care forms and rates.  Click on the link for a copy of the new form. (May 2017)